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From: artzyal (artzyal_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 13 2003 - 15:59:57 PST

Subject: batik

> I've done batiking in African villages, and they use old candle stubs,
> which are of course free, and the wax can be reused indefinitely.
> They also use cassava paste, made of cassava (manioc, tapioca) flour.
> Sometimes you can even get the whole cassava root, which is like a
> long Idaho potatoe. Just boil it, mash it, and add enough water so it's
> not too sticky (about the consistency of cream of wheat). This will not
> grainy like mashed potatoes, but much smoother and glueyier. This is used
> in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria. You just dump some on the cloth
> warm), smooth it out a bit, then use combs or other implements to cut in a
> design. Dry in the sun, dye (they use either natural indigo or commercial
> dyes), then flake off the dried paste. They also smoosh the cassava paste
> through tin stencils (you could make plastic or paper ones)--this is done
> in Nigeria. This is the technique used in Oshogbo, Nigeria, to make a
> famous kind of indigo cloth. The streets run navy blue all the time!
> The wax is done with wooden or foam stamps. All this is of course done
> outdoors, because it's kind of messy! I have slides and videos of these
> processes being done in Ivory Coast and Ghana, & would be happy to answer
> questions (but I'm not an art teacher and I don't work with kids).